Gelzinis Completes Snetterton Double To Become Joint Championship Leader

by Tom Surgay

Jonas Gelzinis took his second win of the weekend in round twelve of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Snetterton and in doing so remained level on points at the top of the championship with defending champion Michael Meadows.

As the lights went out Gelzinis made a text book start from the front row to assume the lead on the run down to the first corner, Riches, while pole sitter Meadows, presumably conscious of his error in the first race, made a more hesitant start and was forced to slot into second.

The stage was set for a titanic battle between the two championship protagonists but unfortunately for Meadows a flat spotted tyre on the opening lap prevented him from applying pressure on Gelzinis and he was instead forced to defend his second position from Rory Butcher.

Gelzinis once again ran a beautifully controlled race to bag his third victory of the season. He said: “It’s fantastic. That is three wins in a row, which makes me feel very positive looking forward because Snetterton was not my favourite track.”

Meadows drove a canny defensive race to maintain second position to the flag and also secured the fastest lap which helped him to match Gelzinis’ points haul from the race and keep him the co-championship leader. He said: “That was another dodgy start: we changed the clutch after the first race and maybe I was thinking about it too much. Then I flat-spotted a tyre into the hairpin on the first lap and it was a real struggle after that. We’ve been so fast this weekend, but a couple of little mistakes have cost us.”

Butcher was forced to settle for third, crossing the line just three tenths behind Meadows. He said: “I just had to keep pushing. Michael’s pace was really down at the start. The last few laps were good fun: the team has been superb and the car has been spot on all weekend.”

Dean Stoneman was fourth ahead of Pro-Am1 winner Dan De Zille who was an excellent fifth overall.

Victor Jiminez was second in Pro-Am1 and seventh overall, separated from class rival De Zille on the road by Samsung Smart Motorsport’s James Birch. Keith Webster completed the Pro-Am1 podium.

Will Goff matched his result in the first race with another excellent ninth which again saw him on the pace of the Pro-Am1 pack.

There was disappointment for Dan Lloyd as a broken driveshaft forced him to retire from the race after ten laps.

For the full race classification see here.

The championship resumes in three weeks’ time at Knockhill in Scotland.

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